Monday, September 28, 2009

Fire by Kristin Cashore - Getting to Know the Characters Tour (Giveaway)

I've always liked the number eleven. is the eleventh stop on the blog tour for Fire by Kristin Cashore. I recently finished listening to the audio book version of Graceling and was totally engrossed in the characters and the world. I am currently about half way through Fire which is a companion story and I am finding it equally compelling and entertaining. You won't want to miss either book, but more importantly you will find that you don't have to have read Graceling to enjoy Fire. We also have a signed hardcover edition of Fire to give away. Details at the end of the post. Fire is officially in stores October 5.
Book Description:
She is the last of her kind...
It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her.

Exquisitely romantic, this companion to the highly praised Graceling has an entirely new cast of characters, save for one person who plays a pivotal role in both books. You don’t need to have read Graceling to love Fire. But if you haven’t, you’ll be dying to read it next.
And my sneak preview character from Fire is - 
Tess, elderly but strong as an ox, is Hanna’s caretaker, and lives with her in the little green house on the castle grounds. What pretty, pale green eyes Tess has. But why do they look on Fire with such unfriendliness?

Read the Prologue and first two chapters of the book in this sampler preview.


The remaining tour stops this week are  -
The Book Smugglers (Tuesday, 9/29)
Fantasy Book Critic (Wednesday, 9/30)
Melissa's Bookshelf (Thursday, 10/1)
The Story Siren (Friday, 10/2)

Visit Kristin Cashore's blog for links to the earlier tour stops so that you can read the previews of all of the other characters.

  1. To enter, leave a comment about which of the covers for Fire you like the best and why (shown below).
  2. Remember to leave a way to contact you.
  3. Blog, tweet, post, etc., about the blog tour for an extra entry. When tweeting use the hashtag #firetour. Or you can post the countdown widget.
  4. Giveaway ends Sunday night, October 4 at 11:59 PM EST.
  5. Winner will be announced Monday, Oct. 5 (release day!) 
US Cover                                             UK Cover


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  2. I absolutely loved Graceling, so I can't wait to read Fire. I like both covers. But my favorite is the UK, mostly because we get a good visual of the main character. That is nice to have.

    I also posted a link for the contest on my sidebar.


  3. I prefer the UK cover, because the contrast of the green and red is so striking, and colors are so vibrant.

    Thanks for the contest!

    molly "@"

  4. Both covers are beautiful works of art. But if I have to choose, I like the UK cover better. To me it's just more eye-catching to a fantasy reader. The green and red contrast more dramatic.


  5. Re-posted your contest at:


  6. I know the official release date is Oct 5, but I saw the book on display at Waterstones yesterday.

  7. I'm really liking the UK cover, as well. The US cover is too monochrome. I like the color & atmosphere of the UK one - very dramatic. It would definitely catch my eye in the store. :0)

    librarygrinch at gmail dot com

  8. Hi :)
    I love the UK cover for FIRE.
    Thanks for sharing,
    All the best,
    twitter: @RKCharron
    PS - Email is in my Blogger Profile

  9. 11th's my birth day! :)

    I haven't read either but I've heard so many good things that I have to get Fire! (due to peer pressure too! damn those girls..! hee)

    I kinda love both covers but the UK's colors are SO vivid!

  10. I have heard so many great things about Graceling, and Fire sounds terrific, too! I prefer the UK cover, mostly because the green background is so striking. But I also like the beautiful woman in her lovely gown holding a bow. So unexpected, and really makes me interested in who Fire is.

  11. HI SCIFI, I like both of the covers. I am more drawn to the US cover, maybe because there is less going on. Do you think you could read FIRE first, then go back and read Graceling? I can't seem to find a copy locally. Which cover do you like best SciFi?

  12. I posted a link on my contest sidebar.


  13. I like the UK cover the best -- it's a beautiful design and very striking.

    bcanyon at hotmail dot com

  14. Please enter me in hte giveaway

    I like the UK cover better.You get to see the character and the green draws your eyes in,its more visually pleasing.


  15. I'd love to win Fire!!! I love the UK cover better! Why? The colors are so breathtaking and the visual of the main character is awesome!

    Thank you for this chance!

  16. I absolutely loved Graceling. So I think that's why I like the US cover better, because it is similar to the Graceling cover.

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  17. I like the first one with the bow only, simply because it's differnt and more classic.
    Theresa N

  18. They're both very nice covers, but I believe I like the UK better, because it's so much more striking to show her holding the bow and arrow.

    andrea {at} inotherworlds {dot} be

  19. Of both covers, I really like the UK cover just because it's really entrancing. There's something about it that makes me more curious about the book versus the US cover

  20. I loved Graceling and I can't wait to read Fire! I really like both covers, so I can't say which is my favourite. I love the purple in the US cover, but the girl in the UK cover really stands out.

    Great contest!


  21. When I first saw the US cover, I was struck by how simple, but powerful it was.. but when I saw the UK cover, I loved it even more than the US cover. I think it's a gorgeous image, the main character standing there. And the colors are beautiful.

    Morning Glow
    ohmorningglow AT aol DOT com

  22. Please enter me.

    I like the UK cover better because it is more dramatic and mysterious.

    I blogged about it here:


  23. Now that's embarrassing. I like the red cover best because the color's so striking. And then I find it's the US one. No, I have to like the UK one best. I have to....

    sdeeth at msn dot com

  24. Please enter me! This has been such a fun blog tour. I have to say I love the UK cover of FIRE best, I think. Mostly because of how she's up there in such a precarious position holding her bow ready. She just looks awesome.

    angiegirl (at) gmail (dot) com

  25. I like the UK cover best. You get a visualization of the character and the colors are great.


  26. I like the UK cover better. The colors seem better for standing out. Plus I know few teen boys who will step within a foot of a pick cover. I can be reached through my gmail by clicking on my name.

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  28. 1. I like the UK Cover best. Why? It has vivid colors ... and the title FIRE having this touch of gold, i love it. The scenery behind Fire (not the title, the girl!) is wondeful.

    2. jennaparekkattil(at)hotmail(dot)com

  29. I like the UK cover, it's beautiful (and green is my favorite color).

    eva.silkka at

  30. I like the US cover because the image on the UK cover doesn't match up with the one in my head.
    Thanks for the contest. Please enter me!
    devinredmond at hotmail dot com

  31. They're both gorgeous, but I like the States cover the best - the colors are what I imagine Fire's hair to look like.

    I blogged the blog tour here:

    And embedded the countdown widget in my sidebar, too.

    Thanks for a fabulous contest!


  32. While both covers are intriguing, I agree teh colours on the UK make it 'pop' for me. The Green, the red, the storm and the wind all add to an air of atmosphere that you don't see very often. Looking forward to the release!


  33. I like the green cover the best.
    Please enter me in your draw.

  34. They're both lovely, but the US cover is very similar to the style of the first book, so I kinda like it better.

  35. I really like the UK cover better. Both are striking but that one just draws you in. I am looking forward to reading this book.



  36. I prefer the first cover better. The reason for this is because my Graceling cover matches it.

    kakari89 @ hotmail .com

  37. I would have to say that I prefer the UK cover, it's a little but more bad*ss. There's no denying that it's a girl in a dress holding a bow and she looks like someone who could hit you with that arrow on her first try. I also like the storm behind her because it foreshadows the difficulties ahead for fire

    please enter me in the contest!
    my email address is

  38. I like the US cover because it's more abstract. I don't want a good visual of the main character because I want it left to my imagination (especially in the case of Fire who is supposed to have supernatural beauty). The UK cover doesn't even get the hair right.

    oohbooks at gmail dot com

  39. Both covers are lovely but I especially like the UK one because of the colors used as well as the fact that it gives us a good visual of the character. Thanks for the contest!


  40. Please enter me! I like the US cover because its sparkly and not so dark (though the UK one is really good too!)
    here is where I blogged about the tour and posted the widget.
    Thanks for hosting this contest!
    GBU Book Reviews

  41. I'm dying for FIRE!

    I think both covers are striking, but I'd have to go with the U.S. cover. I find the colors draw me in, as well as the image of just the bow and arrow.

    karenwitkowski AT aol(dot)com

  42. Oh, I forgot to mention that I also posted a countdown of it on my blog, along with a mention of your blog in my most recent post.

  43. While both are lovely covers, the UK edition is a better representation in showing a strong feminine character who is a force to be reckoned with.

    deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

  44. I like both covers but the UK cover seems a whole lot moodier because of the color choice, therefore I would pick the US cover.


  45. Hey Doug, thanks for hosting me and Fire, and thanks for asking the question about the responses -- I'm loving the answers. I think I like both covers equally, and I'm not just saying that to avoid offending my design teams ^_^. For those who've mentioned preferring a Fire cover because it matches the Graceling cover they're familiar with -- you'll see that both Fire covers match if you check out my cover gallery, which also shows my French, German, Danish, etc covers. Anyway. Longest comment ever. Just wanted to say thanks, Doug, and hi to everyone!

  46. .... I meant, "questions about the COVERS." sorry!

  47. Shawna Lewis

    +1 I like the UK cover better then the US one.

    +1 I tweeted

  48. I am totally and completely in love with the UK cover. The US one? Not so much. It's... okay. Just okay. Whereas the UK one is both gorgeous and eye-catching.


  49. I love the UK cover *sigh* the colours are fantastic and the woman with bow and arrow is gorgeous!!

  50. I'll have to go against the tide here; I like the US cover better. The UK cover strikes me as a little too close to a "strictly romance" cover and I think FIRE is that and so much more.

    KC is a totally amazing writer -


  51. Great contest. I can't wait to read Fire! I really like both covers but if I had to choose one it would be the UK cover. I like the contrast with the green and red. Both covers are very beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win it!


  52. the green one because it is more powerful. the girl looks like she would shoot you down in an instant.

  53. I like the North American cover well enough, but I LOVE the UK cover. It's far more dramatic, and I love the way the woman contrasts with the background.

    -- Memory
    xicanti AT

  54. I would love to win this! I prefer the UK cover. It just grabs me more and I think I am more drawn to covers with people on them.

    dasuzuki at yahoo dot com
    +1 I posted about this on my blog

    +1 I tweeted (debworldofbooks)

  55. This sounds like a great book! I prefer the UK cover (sorry U.S.). The green color and the clouds behind her make it more striking, in my opinion.

    I have posted the countdown widget with a link to your blog in the caption.


    Thanks for the contest!

  56. The covers are both very good, but I prefer the soft colors of the UK cover. I'd love to win this book.

    my mail is

  57. I like the UK one because it shows girl power =)

  58. I much prefer the UK cover because of the composition and the colours. I find the US cover boring...and that whole mouth and chin thing a bit weird.

    un_pissenlit (at) hotmail (dot) com

  59. Hi, frist mnay for this contest, I'm cruzy for read fire.

    And, my favorite cover is the USA. I don't konow, the colors, the arrows... is my favorite only.

    kisses ;)

  60. I prefer the US cover. It's more creative and deep to play with colors than drawing a figure.
    I also prefer to have the character created in my imagination than on the book cover.


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  62. I prefer the US cover. It plays down Fire's beauty similarly to the way Fire covers up her beauty.

  63. Both covers are gorgeous but I love the UK cover the best. The sky gives a feeling of turmoil and danger and the heroine positioned prominently in the midst of the storm works very well.


  64. I like the UK cover - the colors are fantastic.


  65. I would go for the UK cover as the US one is a bit bland with just the bow and arrow.

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  66. I prefer the UK cover with the contrast of red and green; it's far more dramatic!

    stephaniefleischer889 [at] gmail [dot] com

  67. I like the UK one. It's so dark and lush and sets the tone of the story within.


  68. Graceling was one of my Top 3 favorite books last year and one I readily recommended to others. I like both covers for Fire, but the UK is incredibly eye-appealing. The figure, the fiery silhouette, the clouds, combined they make you stare at the cover. It has the remarkable and memorable factors going for it. Can't wait to read it!

  69. I love both covers but the uk version is more vibrant.


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  71. Thanks for the contest =)

  72. I think the UK cover really stands out more and is generally more appealing.


    Posted countdown widget:

  73. Oh I just adore the UK cover. The US is okay but I just love the colors of the other one.

  74. I like the contrast of the red and green in the UK cover. I also like how she's standing in an authoritative position with the bow and arrow. I like the font on the UK cover too.

    I tweeted

    I have the countdown widget on my sidebar

    thebookvixen [at] gmail [dot] com

  75. Guh. I love the UK cover so much more. It's much more dynamic--and with such rich colors!

  76. I like them both but the us one is prettier.

    I would love to have an autographed copy of either one in my home library though!

    Please enter me in your contest and thanks for having it.
    A loyal reader,

  77. I like the UK Cover the best because it gives you more of a feel for the heroine then the US Cover does.

    Thanks ~ megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

  78. I like them both, but the Orangey one is better in my opinion.



  79. I like the UK cover better, I prefer the font choice and I'm also liking the main character's pose.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  80. I like the UK cover best, which is actually uncommon for me, but it is just so much more dramatic and beautiful!

    I put the countdown widget on my sidebar:

    paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

  81. ================================
    Thank you everyone for the support and participation and especially to Kristin Cashore for writing a terrific book.
    Winners will be announced Monday.


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